Marylhurst music therapy alumni and faculty led talks and seminars at the American Music Therapy Association’s 2016 national conference in Sandusky, Ohio.
Susan Palmieri Bakouros ’13 co-presented Nirvana in the NICU: Strategies, Songs, Statistics & Stories with Dr. Laura Beer, chair of Marylhurst’s Department of Counseling and Creative Therapies. Susan is a music therapist at PeaceHealth South West, working in the neonatal ICU with infants, families and staff. Music therapy is used in the neonatal environment to address goals such as pain management, feeding facilitation, neural and language development, stabilization of vital signs, bonding and attachment and emotional support.
Emily Ross, music therapy faculty and practicum coordinator at Marylhurst University, led a round table discussion on Sensory Friendly Concerts, sharing strategies for holding such an event and reasons why they are so valued by the autism community.
Dr. Laura Beer co-facilitated a continuing education seminar, Arts‑Based Research: Building and Bridging Clinical Practice and Research in Music Therapy with Michael Viega and Michele Forinash. Participants – music therapy clinicians and researchers – learned how to design, conduct and disseminate arts-based research.
Dr. Beer also led a discussion on Culture Clash! International Students’ Needs in Music Therapy Education and Training with Dr. Feilin Hsiao from University of the Pacific, exploring multicultural needs and expectations in the classroom and clinical setting.
Lastly, Dr. Beer was joined by colleagues Lillieth Grand, Dawn Iwamasa, Angie Kopshy, Chris Korb, Melissa Potts and Jodi Winnwalker for Wagons Ho! The Oregon Trail to Licensure, in which the group shared their story of working with the legislature to ensure passage of House Bill 2796, creating a music therapy license in Oregon.
Marylhurst University offers a bachelor’s degree in music therapy. Approved by the American Music Therapy Association and National Association of Schools of Music, Marylhurst’s music therapy practicum experience is recognized to be one of the most comprehensive in the country.